White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
FRAC Recommendations for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
This September’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health presents an important opportunity to make ending hunger a national priority. FRAC stands ready to work with the administration, Congress, and a wide array of diverse stakeholders to eradicate hunger and food insecurity. We strongly urge a comprehensive approach that will include various federal, state, local, and Tribal policymakers, members of the antihunger, health, and private sector, and people with lived expertise of hunger.
FRAC urges the White House to include the following strategies as part of its comprehensive, national strategy to end hunger by 2030:
- Strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Bolster the Child Nutrition Programs
- Address the Root Causes of Hunger and Poverty
- Ensure Policies and Programs Reduce Disparities in Hunger
- Address Food Insecurity in Native American Communities
- Adopt Innovative Approaches to Value Creation
- Increase Collaboration to Expand Federal Nutrition Programs Participation
Anti-Hunger Community Priorities
More than 50 years have passed since the United States convened the White House conference that helped elevate hunger as a national priority and sparked major improvements and expansions to the federal nutrition programs—food stamps (now SNAP), school meals, and WIC—paving the way to significant reductions in food insecurity for millions of individuals and families. But we still have a long way to go.
Now is the time to demonstrate with policy change and other actions that ending hunger in America remains a national priority. We stand ready to work with the administration, Congress, and a wide array of diverse stakeholders to eradicate hunger and food insecurity in this country.
We support a comprehensive approach that will include various federal, state, local, and Tribal policymakers, anti-hunger, health and private sectors, and people with lived expertise of hunger. It is essential that the conference live up to its Congressional mandate to examine the root causes of hunger and undernutrition, how they impact health and the prevalence of chronic disease, and how they can be addressed.
For the conference to be a success, the conference must:
- Be centered on addressing poverty-related hunger and its root causes;
- Engage people with lived experience and expertise in hunger, poverty, and nutrition program participation in meaningful ways;
- Build and leverage political will by convening cross-sector stakeholders to build widespread and bipartisan support for ending hunger;
- Focus on reducing racial, ethnic, and other disparities in food insecurity; and
- Create a roadmap to end hunger and improve nutrition in America by 2030. Essential strategies include:
- Economic policies that promote good jobs, wages, benefits for low- and moderate- income households, and share prosperity;
- Improve government income support programs for struggling families and individuals;
- Expand and strengthen the federal nutrition programs;
- Target and tailor supports for specific populations with disproportionate rates of poverty and hunger;
- Work alongside states, localities, and nonprofits to expand and improve participation in federal nutrition and other government support programs; and
- Make sure all families and individuals have convenient access to reasonably priced, safe, and healthy food.